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Ian Hawgood - Enfants Ruraux [12rec.053]


Published November 6, 2008


Ian Hawgood, international man of mystery. Mr. Hawgood is a hard-working musician, with an impressive oeuvre spread over a dozen of quality record labels. While his Koen Park moniker is about IDM- and Hip Hop influenced Electronica, the music he publishes under his civil name can roughly be classified as Ambient, Drone and Noise. His "The Fires Will Die At Night" at Resting Bell Netlabel is legend already.

For 12rec., Ian Hawgood delivers an album completely recorded with analog instruments. His most subtle and personal up to date. As the title depicts it, "Enfants Ruraux" is a journey into his childhood when little Ian was nearly deaf; he got obsessed by simple tones and melodies in these days. On the one hand, "Enfants Ruraux" is a meditation on the elementary sound of the piano and the acoustic guitar. Hawgood is happy to be blessed with a musical family and circle of friends who lent pump organ, chimes, violins, trumpets and loads of other stuff for further investigation.

On the other hand, the album deals with various aspects of traveling. UK-born, Ian Hawgood lives in Tokyo right now but that was able to call Spain, Italy and the US home before. Most of the album was made in Pennsylvania and on trains to and from New York City. Throughout the blissful layers of acoustic textures, field-recordings reverberate and bring forth impressions from all these different places. Especially the mystical Japanes countryside was inspiration to Ian while recording this twinkling masterpiece of calm Ambient music.


1 - Thirty One Years And Counting
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Enfants Ruraux
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - The Smallest Caravan
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - 田舎に雨雲深く
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - Our Beautiful Youth
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - Born Weighing No More Than Two Bags Of Sugar
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - 秋の子供
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
8 - Cuándo Yo Fui Once
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
9 - Coastal Summers
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
10 - Ferns, Teas, Springs
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
11 - 谷のハイウェー
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
12 - In A Cabin In Scotland With My Family
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
13 - Siendo Tiranizado Para Ser Tímido
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
14 - I Got Stuck In Philadelphia, Made This On The Train and Then Brian Sang Over It In New York
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
15 - Love Is Not An Easy Thing
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
16 - Randomly Playing Nothing In Particular
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Date 2008-11-06
Source www.12rec.net

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; Discogs (release)[Discogs (release)];


Reviews

Reviewer: Pavementor - - January 26, 2012
Subject: Lovely
Really nice mixture of musical sounds and field recordings, very lovely to listen to late at night, I found it very soothing.
I've not heard anything by this man that I didn't like, cheers all.
Reviewer: brian'sworld - - November 24, 2008
Subject: wobble wobble
ok, so he clearly plays instruments, various. the most important ambient artist this year has sat down and made me just go 'wow'. it is very new direction, shorter more melodic pieces and kind of reminds me of greg davis 'arbour' in its vision. very different from his other work, and a very exciting change indeed. the songs with the japanese titles are particularly wonderful. it finally sounds like hawgood is coming out of himself and making 'happy memory' music unlike (the still astonishing) deep music he makes from the severe depths of depression and loneliness. lets just hope he doesn't stay too happy as i will miss those deep works if this is a new direction for him!
Reviewer: brian'sworld - - November 24, 2008
Subject: wobble wobble
ok, so he clearly plays instruments, various. the most important ambient artist this year has sat down and made me just go 'wow'. it is very new direction, shorter more melodic pieces and kind of reminds me of greg davis 'arbour' in its vision. very different from his other work, and a very exciting change indeed. the songs with the japanese titles are particularly wonderful. it finally sounds like hawgood is coming out of himself and making 'happy memory' music unlike (the still astonishing) deep music he makes from the severe depths of depression and loneliness. lets just hope he doesn't stay too happy as i will miss those deep works if this is a new direction for him!
Reviewer: reverse engine - - November 20, 2008
Subject: An incredibly warm , organic record...
"Enfaunts Ruraux" is a real stunner. Download this and then go find everything Hawgood has ever put out.
Reviewer: junbuggy - - November 13, 2008
Subject: some will never know
another release from the most important artist most people will never know. i find it mind-boggling that Hawgood can freely release so much on the best labels out there yet no one seems to notice much. every release is class and this is no exception. the only exception with this is that you can really hear him directly in action in guitar, piano and organ - and the results are phenomenal. my favorite artist the past 6 months continues to surprise and inspire. a gem.
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